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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pivotal volume in a great series
If you like leftist Canadian thinkers like John Raulston Saul or Linda McQuaig, you'll love this handy little book. It is less obtrusively philosophical than Saul, less earthily anecdotal than McQuaig, but squarely in their broad line of thought.
Albeit in a somewhat muted and oblique way, the volume makes it clear that in its root impulses, globalization is an...
Published on October 17, 2003 by bruce bartlett

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3.0 out of 5 stars Ideal
Ideal book if you take a Political Science class regarding globalization. Tends to be the text that most professors use. Nothing special about it just outlines the history of...guess what....globalization!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a pivotal volume in a great series, October 17, 2003
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If you like leftist Canadian thinkers like John Raulston Saul or Linda McQuaig, you'll love this handy little book. It is less obtrusively philosophical than Saul, less earthily anecdotal than McQuaig, but squarely in their broad line of thought.
Albeit in a somewhat muted and oblique way, the volume makes it clear that in its root impulses, globalization is an Anglo-Saxon phenomenon: Nixon's abandonment of the gold standard in 1973, Thatcher's coming to power in the UK in 1978.
It is odd for a Canadian based series that the major Canadian player of this era - our dear, late PET, despised by Nixon, Regan, Thatcher -- isn't even in the index.
Useful facts: the WTO is founded in 1994; its major instrument becomes the 1997 MAI (Multilateral Agreement on Investment). David Korten features heavily in the debate (his mid-90s WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD is not in the bibliography, even if a 1997 follow-up, THE POST-CORPORATE WORLD, is present). What is perhaps the book's most clutching assertion (one Korten had made more or less made in that earlier volume) is on page 73: "For every dollar that is needed to facilitate the trade in real goods, nine dollars is gambled in foreign exchange markets."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for American workers and investors., September 3, 2013
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What's going on in our times in trade and finance usually escapes our notice, but it has alarming consequences for everyday people. Jobs that used to support families are disappearing. Bank depositors are now at least somewhat responsible for bank defaults. Pensions are at risk. Our country is now increasingly dependent on international trade and banking in ways that we never were before.
This quick and easy read gives you a pretty good framework for understanding globalization of trade and the flow of money. It may seem like a boring topic, but your job, your pension or 401K, your bank deposits, and your country's independence and security are at stake. And you can do something--vote intelligently.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ideal, January 17, 2014
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This review is from: The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization (No-Nonsense Guides) (Paperback)
Ideal book if you take a Political Science class regarding globalization. Tends to be the text that most professors use. Nothing special about it just outlines the history of...guess what....globalization!
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2 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars over all pretty ok, November 9, 2006
Nothing to brag about, but no complaints either. Shipping was good, price good, service ok.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ok, but heavily biased, February 12, 2008
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This book undoubtedly has a lot of research put into it. However, the crux and conclusion is a very biased evaluation. I would never call it a "No-Nonsense" anything.
The main problem I have with the book in terms of GLOBALIZATION is Ellwood only considers globalization in economic terms. All his examples and research area based on the "global economic system." Globalization is supported by the free market, but this is only part of the force.
Then, the way he analyzes the free market and democracy is unfair. He gives examples of the WTO, IMF, et al reducing democracy and sovereignty for economic prosperity. Then he speaks of international investors taking advantage of locals. BUT, he never investigates any other option. Look where Communism led China--50 M starved to death.
Lastly, his anti-American bias taints the quality of globalization argument as well. He equates globalization with Americanization. Many authors would disagree with that statement. He naturally disagrees with Americans, and uses it as a straw man method to pull down globalization too.
Revealing quotes:
"...US to flout both domestic and international law as it wages a unilateral 'war on terror.' The single-minded pursuit of this chimera has eroded civil liberties and human rights..."
"local cultures around the world are marginalized and devalued. Family and community bonds are disintegrating..."
"Companies make the profits but society has to foot the bill."

--The book is deceivingly easy to understand: following him is no problem. But what he says doesn't answer all the questions of the free market or Globalization. You'll need a more extensive book, and unbiased, to do that.
Recommended: The Globalization Reader
Why Globalization Works, (ok)
Thomas L. Friedman books
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The No-Nonsense Guide to Globalization (No-Nonsense Guides) by Wayne Ellwood (Paperback - August 24, 2010)
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